September 13, 2017 11:57 am
Updated: September 13, 2017 11:58 am

Crown says Montreal youth intent on waging jihad in Middle East

Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali face four terrorism-related charges.


The Crown says a young Montreal couple was intent on answering the call from the Islamic State to wage jihad in the Middle East and had amassed bomb-making materials at their home.

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El Mahdi Jamali, 20, and Sabrine Djermane, 21 are on trial on four charges: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization.

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They have pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutor Lyne Decarie has previously named 31 police and civilian witnesses her team intends to call as it presents its case.

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Decarie said Wednesday a tip to the RCMP in April 2015 led to a swift arrest and several searches.

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Authorities say they found the couple had bags packed with new clothes and had booked plane tickets for a flight to Syria the following month.

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